This action marks the largest single Kingpin Act action against a Mexican drug cartel network that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s
Office of Foreign Assets Control has designated. It was taken in cooperation with the Mexican government.
In designating Marquez and Mexican signer Julion Alvarez, the Treasury Department noted that "both men have longstanding relationships with Flores Hernandez, and have acted as front persons for him and his DTO and held assets on their behalf."
Also designated were Mauricio Heredia Horner and Marco Antonio Fregoso Gonzalez for acting for or on behalf of Marquez.
Unlike Flores Hernandez, who was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in the District of Columbia and the Southern District of California, Marquez and the associates don't face criminal charges, but the sanctions mean all their assets under U.S. jurisdiction or are in the control of U.S. persons are frozen and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
Marquez gave a statement to Mexican authorities on Wednesday and denied the charges in a press conference on Wednesday night. He had nine businesses listed, including a soccer school and nutritional and therapy businesses.
Marquez is hoping to play in his fifth World Cup for El Tri. His goal gave Mexico a 2-1 win over the USA in the Hexagonal opener last November. He played three seasons in MLS for the New York Red Bulls. He currently plays for his childhood team Atlas.
Among the other entities targeted was a Mexican soccer club, Club Deportivo Morumbi, which operates as the Guerreros de Autlan in the Mexican third division.